Fear of a Standing Army Philipps, Fabian [1601-1690]. Tenenda non Tollenda, Or the Necessity of Preserving Tenures in Capite and by Knight-Service, Which According to Their First Institution Were, and are Yet, a Great Part of the Salus Populi, and the Safety and Defense of the King, as Well as of His People. Together with a Prospect of the Very Many Mischiefs and Inconveniences, Which by the Taking Away or Altering of Those Tenures, Will Inevitably Happen to the King and His Kingdomes. London: Printed by Thomas Leach, 1660. [xiv], 276 pp. Quarto (7-1/2" x 5-1/2"). Recent period-style sprinkled calf, blind fillets to boards, lettering piece, gilt-edged raised bands and gilt author name and publication date to spine, endpapers renewed. Title printed within typographical border. Moderate toning to text, finger smudges to a few leaves, errata leaf partially detached but secure. A handsome copy. $750. * Only edition. An important book according to Holdsworth, Tenenda non Tollenda was written to protest the recent abolition of military tenures, a system through which the crown granted lands in exchange for military services, either personal or through the provision of troops. He feared this would eventually lead to the creation of a standing army, a potential tool of royal oppression. On a broader level the abolition of military tenure eliminated a legal bond that balanced the interests of the monarchy and large landholders. A thoroughly argued thesis, it is supported by 72 points. Holdsworth, A History of English Law VI:610. English Short-Title Catalogue R16070.
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